Definition of fanciful in English:


Line breaks: fan¦ci|ful
Pronunciation: /ˈfansɪfʊl
, -f(ə)l/


  • 2Highly ornamental or imaginative in design: a fanciful Art Nouveau bar
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    • The new place is colourful and inviting, as sunflower-yellow walls help to show off Obadia's collection of colourful wall hangings, photographs, ornamental pots and fanciful souvenirs.
    • They made fanciful designs with dots, lines and geometric patterns on walls, antlers and other things.
    • The fountain illustrated, an exquisite piece of Gothic architecture in miniature, was designed to be both fanciful and functional.
    ornate, exotic, imaginative, creative, fancy; curious, odd, bizarre, strange, eccentric, unusual, original; extravagant, fantastic, grotesque, gothic, baroque



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  • Not so long ago, the major film critics in the U.S. fancifully tossed around the idea of the ‘death of cinema.’
  • Even this outpouring of funds, though, won't take the technology to the level Crichton fancifully depicts.
  • Maybe he was like all the others and I was fancifully making all his nice gestures up, it was all a figment of my imagination.


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  • Stephen's bullying self-pity and edgy rationalism ran up sharply against Anny's fancifulness, extravagance and sentiment.
  • There's a fancifulness and whimsy to the way she draws the human figure.
  • We sought to add imagination and fancifulness to regular family activities.

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